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INTERVIEW WITH ERIK UMPHERY.

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1. Where are you from?

Baltimore, MD but I currently live in Los Angeles, CA

2. How did you fall into photography?

I was introduced to photography by my Mother at a young age and developed my love for it. She passed when I was 11 and I stopped shooting. As I got older I had the desire to get back into photography and even signed up for a course when I was in college, but you had to purchase an SLR camera and I could not afford it at the time. I graduated with a degree in Finance and went off to work in corporate America, several years into my career a friend posted on facebook, “who wants to take a photography class with me”, I went out purchased a camera and signed up for the 6-week class.

3. What is your ideal shoot?

Honestly it’s really all about the people for me, if I working with an amazing group of creative folks, down to try out different things and positive attitudes that’s the ideal situation for me .

4. If you weren't a photographer, what do you see yourself doing?

I don’t really know, prior to being a photographer I spent 9 yrs as a product manager and account manager in the tool industry, I guess I would be doing that. It’s really hard to see myself not doing photography anymore, there are other areas I’m planning to explore, i.e. speaking and interviewing other creatives for my podcast, but photography is my main thing.

5. What's your mantra?

Blessed, thankful and working hard every day to continue on this incredible journey.

6. What's your hidden talent?

I don’t know if it’s a talent but I have a pretty insane amount of endurance.

7. What would people be surprised to know about you?

I view myself as an introvert, but I force myself to live as though I’m an extrovert.

8. What do you wish someone would invent?

A way to just beam yourself around the world instantly. I’m on planes a ton and it doesn’t bother me at all but if I could just beam myself somewhere I’d be all about that life.

9. Any go-to karaoke songs?

Karaoke I’m pretty much tone def, so people hate when I grab the mic, but enough alcohol I’ll pretty much hack up any song.

10. What is your spirit animal?

Half Lion Half Chameleon